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    Rights statement: This is the authors pre-print version of the following article: Follis, L. (2016) Democratic Punishment and the Archive of Violence: Punishment, Publicity and Corporal Excess in Antebellum New York. J Hist Sociol, 29: 207–231. doi: 10.1111/johs.12082 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/johs.12082/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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Democratic punishment and the archive of violence: punishment, publicity and corporal excess in antebellum New York

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2016
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Historical Sociology
Issue number2
Volume29
Number of pages25
Pages (from-to)207-231
Publication statusPublished
Early online date13/08/14
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Nineteenth century American prisons were paradoxical institutions. Porous and impermeable, transparent and opaque, open to public view and occluded from sight; prisons clearly functioned as containers for raw coercion even as they were paraded as paragons of democratic transparency. How did New York State navigate between these countervailing positions and how did officials explicate the difference between them? In this essay I focus on the representation of institutional violence as a problematic of governance, I consider its impact on the development and transformation of public authority and track the role of state actors in navigating the scandals, crises and opportunities it engendered.

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This is the authors pre-print version of the following article: Follis, L. (2016) Democratic Punishment and the Archive of Violence: Punishment, Publicity and Corporal Excess in Antebellum New York. J Hist Sociol, 29: 207–231. doi: 10.1111/johs.12082 which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/johs.12082/abstract This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.